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Later bedtimes fine for pre-schoolers if they get enough sleep

A new study has found later bedtimes for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old aren’t likely to directly increase their risk of developing obesity. Childhood obesity is a global problem, with...

Otago scientist joins international call for care in developing COVID-19 treatments

As scientists worldwide scramble to develop a drug to prevent COVID-19, a University of Otago scientist has helped to create an international guidance statement urging caution in developing treatments. Dr Daniel Wright is a senior...

NZ parents concerned children could catch COVID-19 at school – Otago study

Parents of school-aged children were very concerned that their children may catch COVID-19 if schools were reopened at Alert Level 3 despite no evidence supporting this view, a new University of Otago, Christchurch, study...

New cystic fibrosis medicine to aid food digestion now funded

A new medicine that will help young children with cystic fibrosis digest their food more easily is now being funded by PHARMAC. Creon Micro, supplied by Mylan, is a modified-release granule formulation of pancreatic enzymes....

New grants give mid-career researchers a funding boost

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has capped off a month of research investment with nearly $3 million awarded to mid-career researchers for studies that address significant health issues. The Consolidator Grants will...

Upping the ante on vaccine development

Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor Bridget Stocker has received a significant funding boost for vaccine research that has potential to help with diseases ranging from bowel cancer to COVID-19. Associate Professor Stocker...

Collaboration gets funding to track COVID-19 spread and evolution in NZ

A collaboration between the University of Otago and ESR has received a substantial government grant to lead an international team of scientists to sequence the genomes of all of New Zealand’s positive COVID-19 cases...

Increase in HIV cases, but decline in numbers first diagnosed in New Zealand

After two years of declining numbers of HIV cases in New Zealand, there was a slight increase in 2019, but many of these cases were first diagnosed overseas. Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology...

Tobacco industry targets a new generation

The tobacco industry is targeting a new generation of smokers with sophisticated marketing designed to associate smoking with rebellion, social prestige and attractiveness, researchers from the tobacco control research centre ASPIRE 2025, at the...

Study investigates New Zealanders’ attitudes towards working from home

A University of Otago study of 2,595 New Zealanders working from home during lockdown suggests that most people were equally or more productive (73%), and that many want to continue to work from home...

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Opinion: Hope is the key

In an example of conventional medicine at its worst, a patient of mine recently had her beautiful hope dashed. This inspiring young mum of two...

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